Paula Josa-Jones   
Horse Clinic
Paula Josa-Jones - Horse Clinic
Conscious Touch and Conscious Movement with Horses


May 21 at 4:00p.m. through May 24 at 11:00a.m., 2019 
 
Paula Josa-Jones , bestselling author of the book "Our Horses, Ourselves" will host a Conscious Touch and Conscious Movement with Horses (Embodied Strategies for Deepening Connection with Horses) clinic at Mountain Horse Farm.

If you are looking for new ways to connect and do liberty work with your horses. If you like to learn how the way you move and how you touch your horses, influences them.....  this clinic is for you!

The amazing all-inclusive clinic, includes, of course, the clinic itself but also all meals, snacks & drinks and accommodations. Paula will stay at Mountain Horse Farm, just like you, creating a wonderful opportunity to get to know her better and spend quality time during meals and evening bonfires.

​Although we recommend you take advantage of the full experience and stay with us during the clinic, we do have a few spots available for people that live locally and want to participate without staying with us. 

ABOUT THE CLINIC
Between 60 and 80 percent of our communications are nonverbal, spoken in the bodily languages of movement and touch. To communicate effectively with our horses, we must be fluent in these interspecies, bodily languages.

One of the most profound dimensions of our relationship with our horses is touch - the sensory language spoken with our hands and our entire body. Touch is how we connect, explore, and soothe. Touch brings us into an immediate sensual relationship with the world around us. Touching dissolves our separateness, and is the most intimate way that we bridge the space between two beings.

How we touch - the quality of intention, receptivity, and listening that we bring to that - defines our attention to and caring for each other. Touching is always a shared act, we are always being touched by what we are touching in an ongoing, reciprocal relationship.

Often the way we touch our horses is about doing, rather than nurturing a shared experience of just being. Practicing Conscious Touch is a powerful way of bringing greater feeling and harmony to the bodies of both horse and human, and regulation of the shared nervous system.
 
The second, and often misunderstood or neglected dimension of our equine relationships is movement. Horses, as prey animals, can illuminate issues or give insights into places of resistance or habits of body and mind that we may not even be conscious of. 
 
Because horses mirror our physical and emotional expression, they show us when we are "out of sync" - when inner feelings and outer behaviors are not in harmony. Unlike humans (or any predator), horses are congruent; their outward behavior always matches their inner feeling. Horses are not judgmental, but simply responsive. Often our movement unconsciously reflects an unsettled or distracted state of mind.  Bringing greater awareness to the way we move, and the effect of our movement on our horses can dissolve long-standing “problems” and illuminate inadvertent lessons that we may be teaching our horses with our movement behaviors.
 
This experiential workshop focuses on developing our ability to use mindful, embodied touch as a way of deepening our connection with our horses. Conscious Touch, Conscious Movement supports ease and balance in the bodies of both horse and human, helping us become more conscious about what we are signaling with our bodies (and minds), and more open to what the horse is offering.
 
Conscious Touch, Conscious Movement helps us experience and understand:
  • How to use movement and touch to create congruence between what we are feeling inside and what we are expressing outwardly.
  • Deepening connection, awareness and attunement with yourself and the horse.
  • Simple movements to create ease and flow in your body and that of the horse.
  • Letting go of habits of body and mind that may create unnecessary tension in you or the horse.
  • Becoming more trustworthy to yourself and the horse.
  • How to feel both giving and receiving with your hands and body.
  • Noticing when our movement and touch is transmitting inadvertent or unintentional tension.
  • Specific strategies for settling the nervous system when activated.
  • How to integrate mindful touch and mindful movement into your day-to-day activities with horses.
      
  
The clinic includes 3 overnight stays. The delicious meals start with dinner on the first evening and end with breakfast on the last morning.

​You will work with our herd of horses. It is not an option to bring your own. The clinic does not involve riding horses.

For sleeping, you have your choice of elegant rooms with fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs, to glamping in tipis (yes, tipis!) – your choice.  The maximum number of participants is kept low at 10 and we don't accept auditors. You will be required to sign waivers. Make sure you wear shoes with closed toes (no flipflops, slippers or sandals) and it's always a good idea to dress in layers. ​

Mountain Horse Farm is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region, famous for its wineries and breweries, gorgeous lakes and waterfalls. You may want to consider adding a few days to your trip to explore the area. 
  1. Our Horses, Ourselves - The Book
    An Uncommon book for all those seeking Connection with others
  2. Conscious Touch & Movement with Horses
    Conscious Touch & Conscious Movement focus on developing our ability to use mindful, embodied touch as a way of deepening our connection with our horses. Conscious Touch & Conscious Movement support ease and balance in the bodies of both horse and human, helping us become more aware of what we are signaling with our bodies (and minds), and more open to what the horse is offering.
About Paula: 
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Paula Josa-Jones is a dance and performance artist who brings an improvisational perspective to all of her work. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA), and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (RSMET) accredited by ISMETA. She is a Guild-certified Tellington TTEAM practitioner and a Somatic Experiencing® practitioner, trained in the trauma recovery work of Dr. Peter Levine. Her writings on movement and dance have been published in Contact Quarterly, and she writes a blog called RideDanceWrite. Her book, Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body was published by Trafalgar Square Books in 2017. As the creator of Embodied Equine Experiencing™ she teaches an intuitive, improvisational approach to the human-horse bond with movement and touch, as well as riding and performing with her horses Sanne, Amadeo and Capprichio.

RESERVATIONS

Price: $800 + costs for your room or tipi. The cost for your room or tipi will be added to the $800. Our rooms have different amenities and therefore different rates. Choose the one that suits you best. Sign up with a friend and share a room to save on room costs. The best room to share is the Morgan suite (2 queen beds) and the best tipi to share is the Nokota tipi (2 queen beds).  
We have a few spots available for people that live locally and don't wish to include overnight accommodations. Please call Suzanne at 585-374-5056 or email at [email protected] for availability and details.

Deposit & final payment: To hold your spot, we will ask for payment of a deposit of $550.00. The balance is due two months  before the clinic.

Cancellation policy: Cancellations that are made at least 2 months in advance will receive a full refund minus a $100.00 cancellation fee. Regretfully we can not give refunds past the cancellation deadline. The only exception we can make is that we will refund 80% of your deposit in case we can rebook your spot with another participant.

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